Most shoppers know that holidays bring on tons of sales, whether it’s mattresses for Presidents’ Day or clothes for Memorial Day. But savvy consumers know that savings can be had at any time — as long as you know what to buy when. You can get great deals on different products every month, even if that means searching for spring clothing in summer or buying grills in the fall. Check out our cheat sheets for shopping every month of the year.
It’ll probably come as no surprise that January is an excellent time to look for gym memberships. But the first month of the year is also a popular time for “white sales,” which feature major discounts on bedding and towels. Better yet, January brings noteworthy savings on winter clothing, and especially on winter coats.
If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day gifts in February, keep an eye out for savings from stores like Kohl’s and Amazon. And don’t forget to check the shelves on February 15 — any leftover candy will fall in price, as will those classic stuffed bears holding hearts. In less romantic news, Presidents’ Day sales will bring deals on a variety of home goods.
With St. Patrick’s Day in March, most people are expecting deals on green beer. But better St. Paddy’s discounts are out there — TechRabbit and Dell Refurbished Store will have modest discounts on electronics. We also tend to see a fair amount of cruise deals during this month, as the “wave season” is wrapping up. You can watch for discounted gift cards in March, too.
April is a good time to shop for spring clothing, which means you’ll actually be able to wear those breezy new outfits right away! Some stores will drop warm-weather items to less than $20. Tax Day is another April staple, and many retailers will offer freebies around April 15. Earth Day is also good for freebies, and it even coincides with National Park Week.
With Memorial Day at the end of the month, be prepared for noteworthy May deals on appliances and mattresses. And right before Memorial Day, expect swimwear to see discounts of 50% at select retailers. However, the month will kick off with May the Fourth sales, which offer a perfect opportunity to snag Star Wars merchandise. Even better for nerdy shoppers, Free Comic Book Day is also at the beginning of May. And Mother’s Day will bring so-so offers on flowers, cards, and such. But May is actually a good time to buy mom gifts that aren’t flowers.
During June, gyms will likely offer deals similar to what we see in January, because everyone will be trying to get beach-ready. Just make one of your cheat days the first Friday of June, as it brings National Donut Day; plenty of places will offer free treats. Gamers can expect to shop the annual Steam Summer Sale in June, as well. Additionally, GOG will host its own video game sale. The Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale will also drop in June, offering an excellent chance to stock up on intimates.
The middle of summer brings summer clearance sales, which will offer savings on clothing, outdoor gear, and even Christmas decorations. Watch for Independence Day sales to discount camping and hiking items by 50%. Plus, clothing and shoe stores will likely take anywhere from 25% to 70% off. Celebrating Christmas in July? Look for home improvement stores to knock a huge 75% off decor items. Amazon Prime Day will fall around the middle of the month, and it’ll be a good time to grab Alexa devices at a steep discount.
The end of summer is the beginning of back-to-school season. For a handful of states, that means tax free weekends. Whether you have kids or not, it’s the perfect time to dodge sales tax on school supplies, laptops, and clothing. With summer winding down, it might not seem like an ideal month to buy patio furniture, but we tend to see a fair amount of deals on outdoor seating, tables, and hammocks. Around the last two weeks of August, look for early Labor Day sales to begin.
As the month begins, Labor Day sales will be going strong. Apparel and shoe deals will make up a large part of these holiday sales, as retailers try to clear out any remaining summer stock. Also in September, Apple will have its fall event. That’s when the company tends to announce its latest iPhone models. September is a great time to look for grills, too. You can also celebrate National Coffee Day at the end of the month.
If you’re in the market for a new car, October is the month to check out dealerships. Often they want to sell off any remaining inventory before the new models start arriving for the holiday season. Halloween costumes will be majorly discounted on November 1, but you can also expect to save up to 75% in the last part of October. Want to take an epic trip? Consider heading to Europe during October, as this is considered the “shoulder season.” On the sales front, Columbus Day (also known as Indigenous Peoples Day in many areas) is the last big shopping holiday before Black Friday — unfortunately, these sales can’t compare to what Black Friday will bring.
This month brings Black Friday, the sale holiday to which all other sale holidays are compared. You can expect to see pre-Black Friday sales begin in early November (if not late October), but the best deals happen during Black Friday week. Large appliances will see major price drops this month. Look for items like Dyson vacuums to see their steepest discounts of the year. Apple products will also get rare discounts in November, so watch for deals on new iPhones and serious savings on Apple Watches. Clothing will make up a large chunk of Black Friday sales; many retailers will offer sales and coupons that take 50% off, if not more. And it should come as no surprise that November is the perfect time to upgrade your TV.
The end of the year will bring Green Monday and Super Saturday deals, though these might not measure up after the hype of Black Friday. One thing that is worth shopping in December is gift cards. During the month, tons of retailers and restaurants will offer bonus cards when you purchase gift cards worth a certain amount. Deals on TVs and iPhones will also be prevalent in December, but again, they might not be quite as good as what you’ll see on Black Friday. Definitely stock up on champagne in time for New Year’s Eve, and treat yourself on National Cookie Day with delicious freebies.